The Original Florence Walk

Let us show you the highlights & intricacies of the city with our lively tour through the historic center of Florence

Enjoy your Florence Walking Tour with the Best

Our great guides and small groups make the Original Florence Walk the most highly-rated walking tour in Florence!

Discover the Famous Florence Must-Sees

The World’s most beloved art capital is home to architectural wonders and historical treasures from the Duomo to Ponte Vecchio. We’ll show you Florence’s top attractions through fun and fascinating stories.

Explore Hidden Secrets of Florence’s History

Join our fully-licensed, specially-trained guides who will transport you through time and place. You’ll visit little churches, quirky streets, Florentine palaces and notice things you wouldn’t otherwise spot!

A Florence Tour that’s Different

We’re not your average tour company. We believe history should be entertaining and enlightening – especially when you’re on vacation! That’s why we choose only gifted storytellers as our guides. We want you to feel Florence’s vivid history come to life.

Florence’s Global Cultural Impact

Florence is a top destination for a reason. Its tangible past spans the ancient, medieval, and Renaissance. With our tour you’ll begin to understand the cultural impact that Florence had all across the world.

The cradle of the Renaissance

Follow in the footsteps of Florence’s infamous families and individuals on our walking tour. Who did they bury alive near the Duomo? What did Leonardo da Vinci do that Michelangelo could never forgive? How did the Medici family use famous artists throughout the centuries? And what propelled Florence to become one of the greatest art cities the world has ever seen? Together, we’ll peel back the centuries while witnessing some of history’s greatest testaments.

Tour Florence’s Architectural Wonders

Visit the churches of  Santa Trinità and Orsanmichele, and the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore*, a true Renaissance wonder. Amazing architecture, stunning sculptures, and fascinating frescoes (okay, we’ll stop with the alliteration!). Take in the San Giovanni Baptistery, Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise, and Giotto’s bell tower. And, of course, admire Brunelleschi’s dome, while learning the stories behind it. How did a goldsmith and untrained architect create the Renaissance’s greatest wonder? It’s a story we cannot wait to share with you, among so many others.

Walk in the Footsteps of the Greats

Tread in the tantalizing footsteps of the Michelangelo, the Medici’s, and their Florentine rivals. What’s more you’ll understand why the city’s historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Have Fun on your Tour

Thanks to our small groups you can talk to the guide about your thoughts and ask all your questions. Discover who was buried alive near the Duomo. Then find out why Michelangelo never forgave Leonardo Da Vinci. Meanwhile learn how the Medici family used famous artists throughout the Renaissance. Discover why Florence became one of the greatest art centers the world has ever seen.

Astounding Stories

Hear about astounding events that shocked the city’s local inhabitants. Witness famous the famous sculptures, frescoes and paintings of the churches of Santa Trìnita, Orsanmichele, and the Florence cathedral*.

Highlights of Florence

See the Baptistery, Bell Tower, Gates of Paradise, Brunelleschi’s dome, the Vasari Corridor, Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio, medieval towers, Renaissance palaces, famous shopping streets, and so much more!

Why Book the Original Florence Walk?

  • Our great highly trained Artviva guides are gifted storytellers – the best in Florence
  • The first company to do entertaining enjoyable small group high quality walking tours in Florence. Artviva continues the excellence today
  • Enjoy seeing all the main sites and get correct information
  • Our fully licensed travel agency ensures peace of mind
  • Our great customer care
  • True local expertise that’s stood the test of time – since 1996
  • Small groups-we keep the groups small
  • Real people, with you in the city center – Say hello to us in our office in Florence!

Are you looking for a Private Original Florence Walk?

You can choose to do the Original Florence Walk as a private or small shared group experience.

 

Tour Details

Sites visited on this tour:

  • Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore*
  • Church of Santa Trìnita*
  • Church of Orsanmichele*
  • Baptistery (external)
  • Bell Tower (external)
  • Gates of Paradise
  • Brunelleschi’s Dome (external)
  • Vasari Corridor (external)
  • Piazza della Signoria
  • Palazzo Vecchio
  • Ponte Vecchio
  • Piazza delle Repubblica

 

Weather
This tour runs rain or shine

Dress code
Knees, shoulders and backs must be covered for entry into churches.

Maximum Participants
15 persons

Tour Length
3 hours

Time
The group tour runs from 9:15 to 12:30 from March until the end of November. This tour does not run on Sundays from the first of March until Easter, nor on Sundays in November.

*On Sundays and religious holidays, the churches of Santa Trìnita, Orsanmichele, and the Duomo are closed for religious services. Please note that there is no priority entrance for the Duomo; entrance is strictly a first come, first served basis. In cases where lines are too long, the Duomo is covered externally only.

The private tour runs every day starting at 8:30; 9:00; 9:30; 14:00; 14:30 and 15:00

Meeting Point

In our office on Via Sassetti 1, Florence.

FAQ's

The shared group tour runs in English only, but we can arrange private tours in other languages.

Snacks are allowed (better not to snack inside the churches) you will have a break at a café around 11.30am

This tour runs rain or shine!

Yes, the original Florence Walk is kid and family friendly. We also have a private Florence for Kids tour.

This is a 3 hour walking tour that includes church entry but there are no steps.

We allow a maximum of 15 adults per group

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Reviews

20 reviews for The Original Florence Walk

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Walish:

    My wife and I had a fabulous time and we thank you very much for the walking tour. We had our “eyes opened” by the guide which helped us tremendously when continuing our sightseeing on our own. You service was professional and friendly. As you were recommended to us by friends, so we continue to recommend your company to others visiting Firenze!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Miguel Solar:

    This is the only way to visit the wonderful city. In one tour, I learned and saw more of Florence than I did the entire previous week I was here!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Martine and Peter Osborne:

    We found the Original Florence Walk EXCELLENT. This was due to our very informative tour guide whose knowledge was amazing and explanation clear and concise. His passion for his job was very commendable which made the tour more interesting. Keep up the good work.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rene Farrow:

    We had a great time. Your tour added real value to our visit to Florence. We managed in 3 short hours to see the highlights! We spent the remainder of the day checking out the galleries and exploring. The tour gave us real context. We will surely recommend

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Nahajski:

    The Original Florence Walk as a really enjoyable tour for the whole family. All of us were kept entertained for the whole time – even my 8 year old daughter!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Carmen Beddows:

    Catherine was very knowledgeable, friendly and she answered all of our questions. We had no difficulties booking the tour and we would recommend this tour to our friends

  7. 5 out of 5

    Maya Tohme:

    Absolutely loved our 3 (ended up being a generous 3.5 hours) with our wonderful guide Hilde. She was incredibly knowledgeable and informative and was able to communicate all of Florence’s art and history to us in an entertaining and fascinating manner that clearly showed her passion for the city and its rich heritage. She was incredibly sweet too and very accommodating to all our needs. ArtViva were very professional in their dealings and approach. It is the second time we book tours with them and we hope to to it again soon!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sabine:

    We enjoyed a fantastic tour with Brenda. She is so charming, very competent and explained expertly and entertaining. Highly Recommended.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Anne MacDonald:

    Elizabetta was a wonderful guide – knowledgeable, good communicator, fun and seemed to know what we would be interested in and catered the tour to us. It was simple to meet up, and we started and ended on time. We would highly recommend this to anyone visiting Firenze.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Matt Thompson:

    Riccardo was a fantastic guide. We learned a lot and had fun. Highly recommended.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Karin Fischer:

    It was great to walk around Florence with someone who could point out details and describe history that one might otherwise miss. The tour highlights the layers of history in Florence, from Roman times to the present, and provides a visceral understanding of the Renaissance. Our 14 year old son enjoyed the tour as much as the adults. Our guide, Angelo, was friendly, genuinely interested in history and culture and very good at describing the significance of our surroundings as we moved through the city. The office staff is friendly and competent.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Nissa Van Riper:

    We visited the ArtViva office and everyone was really kind and cool. We were VERY lucky that our guide could make it on literally no notice to give us a private tour. Kudos for flexibility there! It was a private tour for me and my ten-year-old daughter. We asked for a bit of a hybrid tour to allow for my daughter’s interests (and attention span) as well as my own but I’m 99% sure we got the original walking tour as it’s always presented. It was great for me–I approach most tours, castles, museums, etc as a scholar. I’m into that kind of stuff and it was super interesting with even a little “modern history” thrown in. But I know my girl was hard pressed to be patient and not distracting for the three hours or whatever it was. It was just too much for her. I mean, she likes history but so much of it was beyond her because she doesn’t yet have enough scaffolding in her head to hang the information on. We resorted to asking for mysterious death, ghost or bloody murder stories, etc, to juice it up for her, and he did pull out a few showstoppers. But overall I thought it was curious that he wasn’t able to switch it up and do something tailored for us because our guide has a daughter exactly the same age as mine. We could have both enjoyed it instead of just me.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Maria Dempsey:

    This was such a great tour of Florence. The guide, Manolis, was full of information and great stories about Florence. A must do tour!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Burson:

    This was a great walking tour of Florence! Our guide Brenda was terrific. We learned about some history and she gave us lots of do’s and dont’s tips.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Marcia Higginson:

    I highly recommend this tour as a way to get acquainted with the layout of Florence. Lots of walking (a good thing!) and nonstop information from our guide (also a good thing!) kept things lively. There was time for questions, and our guide customized some of the activities to suit our group’s interests. It was a lovely way to spend the morning. Registering online was easy, and my question about scheduling was answered promptly through email. I certainly would repeat this tour or find another offering from ArtViva on a repeat visit.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mary Painter:

    Thoroughly enjoyable experience which added to our enjoyment and understanding of the beautiful city of Florence. Martine was an enthusiastic tour guide who communicated her evident love of her birth place with great passion and commitment. Thank-you!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Joyce B:

    I’ve been to Florence before but did not fully appreciate the history and art until I took this tour. Ricardo is an expert and adds so much to your trip by filling in the details in an easy to understand as well as his entertaining way. I plan to return to Florence and want to continue exploring with ArtViva tours – they are excellent.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Susan Green:

    Amazing tour! Ricardo was excellent guide; responded to questions; extremely knowledgeable; told detailed interesting and entertaining stories. Three of us went and my friend commented that it was the best walking tour she has ever taken and wanted to bring her whole family next time.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sara Craig:

    This was a wonderful walking tour of Florence filled with historical facts. Hilda, our guide, was extremely knowledgeable and loves this city.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Karin Franchino:

    Eleonora was a wonderful guide. Very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Would highly recommend this tour to others.

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